Changes abound for the Ambridge Area Chamber of Commerce.
Paul Mitchell, owner of Post Office Catering Group and Big Creek BBQ, has been named president of the Ambridge Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
During the reorganization, they brought in Shawn Anderson as the interim consultant director.
Mitchell shared that members of the chamber board spent time cleaning the office to kick off the new energy in the chamber.
The chamber held a kick off event, where the board president shared the 2014-2015 goals, which included being classified as a 501 c6.
"This has been left out of the to do list for to long period of time," Mitchell said at the kick-off event.
Organizations that are 501 c6 are nonprofit business leagues. Nonprofit earnings must be reinvested into the organization and may not benefit any individual member or shareholder, according to the IRS website.
Mitchell shared with Ambridge Council members last month that the chamber is considering moving Nationality Days to Park Road for multiple reasons.
"Over the summer I went up to McKeesport, and to their International days, which is very similar to Nationality Days. "
Mitchell said one of the best things that he saw was that there was a large attendance by families, by elderly people, and by the community in general.
"The event can be entered and exited without it being a street kind of concept that we are now."
According to Mitchell, the chamber is looking to move to the parking lot at St. Mary's where the Farmers Market is held.
Over the past month, Ambridge Area Chamber of Commerce representatives met with St. Mary's officials to discuss the use of the parking lot.
They also invited the residents of Park Road to a cook-out catered by Post Office Catering group to discuss the move.
What do you think? Should the 50th Nationality Days festivities be relocated to Park Road? Tell us in the comments.
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